Talk Less. Do More.

My desktop.

At the beginning of the year, I made a simple resolution: talk less and do more. You see, a big problem that I have is how I love to make plans then never actually do them. It’s been an issue all of my life. I always talk about doing things but then I get lazy and don’t actually do them.

My original solution to this was to make a list of things that I want to do. I love lists but the problem there is that I only look at them when I’m adding something. So then I started adding things to my calendar, but there was the same problem – I wouldn’t look ahead and would forget about things I wanted to do until it was too late to properly prepare so I’d just cancel it. Finally, I started making reminders in the Microsoft To Do app about these things, but I’d just ignore the notifications because that’s just how I roll.

Then I realized something – one of the first things that I do almost every morning is hop on my computer to check e-mail, etc. What’s the first thing you see when you sign-in to your computer? The desktop! And something that I like even more than lists is Post-It notes.

Seriously, you can ask my co-workers; I Post-It everything.

So, I opened up the “Stickies” app, set it to automatically load at login, and came up with the system that you can see in the screenshot above. Color-coded and organized, I put all of my upcoming plans and tasks right there on the desktop where they are glaring me in the face (almost) every morning.

The “Stickies” app is pre-loaded on macOS. If you’re a Windows user, “Sticky Notes” is the equivalent that is also usually pre-loaded but, if not, you can download it from the Microsoft Store.

Naturally, I expected this to be like all of my previous attempts at planning things and become something that just fades into the background as my mind learns to ignore it – but it has actually been working quite well! Combining this method with keeping an up-to-date Outlook calendar, the past 4 months have seen more fun activities and completed tasks (on-time!) than a normal year.

What’s your method to organize tasks and plans? Do you have any suggestions that might improve my system? Let me know by leaving a comment!